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Mitch or Ditch?

Terry Leighton | Metropolitan Racing | Wed 22 March, 2017

The social media keyboard warriors have been out in force demanding Aaron Mitchell retains the ride on Seannie in the Karrakatta Plate.  Seannie appears an extremely difficult horse to ride.  She doesn't jump well.  She races greenly and she is currently racing over a sprinting distance so it is always a possibility a race will get away from you if giving the front runners too much of a start. 

Simon Miller's recent use of Aaron Mitchell in feature races and events where he rides at his catch weight of 55kg probably gives you the indication he rates him a touch higher than stable stalwart Peter Knuckey who looks to be playing second fiddle to the kid.  I don't totally disagree with this, I think there is very little difference between the two.  

My problem is not Aaron Mitchell.  He can ride OK.  But the difference between OK and top line is often the difference between first and second.  Where do you draw the line between loyalty and winning a $500,000 race?  How often do these type of opportunities come along?  Simon Miller has form in this area after Brad Parnham had a nightmare on First Among Equals in the Winterbottom Stakes (still brings a tear to my eye). On that occasion however it was the owners who wanted Brad on board.  He made it clear it was not his choice of rider and he was visibly upset post race. Clearly the lesson has not been learnt.  The states premier sit and sprint rider, William Pike would take the mount.  A strong Eastern states jockey would take the mount. 

This is the best horse in the race by a long way and will still be my on top selection, I just hope we don't see a repeat of Jake Casey on Vega Magic (Prince Of Wales & Winterbottom Stakes) or the worst I can remember; Joseph Azzopardi on Kia Ora Koutou (Victoria Derby).  The excuse 'he knows the horse well' is not one which flies with me.

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User detonator

detonator 01 Apr | Posts: 874

Horse has got no early acceleration. The short ascot straight may see this horse be a frustrating proposition going forward. Didnt appear to monster the line like his previous runs. Kudos to the winner though. All you can do is win.

User Thumper

Thumper 01 Apr | Posts: 695

Wouldn't have mattered who the jockey was today. Horse is going to have to jump better if it is going to make an impression going forward in these big races with big fields.

User Chelsea

Chelsea 25 Mar | Posts: 1129

Jockeys on Seannie A Mitchell,Achenar Star P Knuckey

User dungy

dungy 24 Mar | Posts: 9063

Sorry to say Noske found trouble also. Seemed to have a lap full of horse with nowhere to go until the 200 by which time the others had momentum and were off and gone.Not sure if something went wrong with Ellicazoon though was never going to figure with the ru...

User TheDiva

TheDiva 24 Mar | Posts: 9451

Sorry to say Noske found trouble also. Seemed to have a lap full of horse with nowhere to go until the 200 by which time the others had momentum and were off and gone.Not sure if something went wrong with Ellicazoon though was never going to figure with the ru...

User dungy

dungy 24 Mar | Posts: 9063

yeah dungy I wondered why he didn't take chris over..the kid knows the track and some of the tricks of his opponent jocks.....stupid choice was Stephen, the least talented on the 3 boys. Absolutely mate

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thefalcon 24 Mar | Posts: 14279

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User thefalcon

thefalcon 24 Mar | Posts: 14279

yeah dungy I wondered why he didn't take chris over..the kid knows the track and some of the tricks of his opponent jocks.....stupid choice was Stephen, the least talented on the 3 boys.

User dungy

dungy 24 Mar | Posts: 9063

Steven Parnham being flown to Melbourne for the ride on Ellicazoom. At the minefield that is the Valley. Another example where perhaps loyalty needs to be left at the door in order to take full advantage of a rare opportunity... I'd be filthy as an owner ...

User Ngawyni

Ngawyni 24 Mar | Posts: 327

Sorry to say Noske found trouble also. Seemed to have a lap full of horse with nowhere to go until the 200 by which time the others had momentum and were off and gone.Not sure if something went wrong with Ellicazoon though was never going to figure with the ru...